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Saturday, September 26, 2015

INTERIM RELIEF PAID TO TWO IDENTICALLY PLACED OFFICERS NOT THE SAME


What  the Supreme Court ordered  on 7/5/2015 was interim relief payable by LIC to  the respondent pensioners  and what LIC actually paid turned out to be an unidentified  relief to the eagerly  and desperately waiting  pre-August 1997  retirees.
I had an occasion today to talk to a retired ADM from Mysore who retired as an ADM on 31/8/1992 on the maximum of scale of Rs 5050/- and consequently placed at the Basic Pension of Rs 2525/- w.e.f 1st November 1993.He has been fortunate enough to receive an unidentified   relief amount of Rs13431/- from LIC albeit   a pittance.
Only a few days ago, another close friend of mine  from Chennai,who is also a retired ADM (w.e.f 31/1/1993) similarly placed on the maximum of scale of Rs 5050/- and consequently placed at the Basic Pension of Rs 2525/- w.e.f  1stNovember 1993 informed me that he received an unidentified relief of Rs 17581/-
Both the retired officers with identical Basic Pensions  have  received different amounts from LIC. Both the officers  belong to the M C Jain  category still waiting for the  benefits that have been  ordered by the Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court  to be paid by LIC.
As a result of  this disparity in payment to identically placed retiree officers, one who got less  may be hoping that he will get something more  towards this unidentified  relief and the other may be worried  whether  there may be a recovery from his pension next month towards excess  payment of the unidentified  relief.
I never knew that pittances will ,after all ,make a difference which they have literally done!
Greetings.
C H Mahadevan